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Bonnie

Lover of tea. Crazed Bibliophile. Daydreamer.
I have a ridiculous love for the written word. I read anything and everything: Adult fiction, YA, Middle Grade, even the occasional Non-Fiction.

When I'm not reading I'm caring for my step-children, drinking obscene amounts of tea and contemplating what life will be like in the impending apocalypse.

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Waiting on Wednesday | A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel

May 6, 2020 Bonnie Uncategorized, Waiting on Wednesday 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday | A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain NeuvelA History of What Comes Next (Take Them to the Stars, #1) by Sylvain Neuvel
Published by Tor.com on February 2, 2021
Pages: 304
Genres: Sci-fi
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Sleeping Giants, Waking Gods

Even before our kind started using tools, the Kibsu have been with us, guiding humanity, teaching us, molding us.

As long as we follow the rules.

The Kibsu had five rules to guide the gradual elevation of our species:

1. Preserve the knowledge.
2. Survive at all cost.
3. Don’t draw attention to yourself.
4. Don’t leave a trace.
5. There can never be three for too long.

But when their enemy got too close, the Kibsu add one more:

6. Fear the Tracker: always run, never fight.

But now, during the terrors of the Great War, the Trackers are closing in, and for Mia and Sarah, running might no longer be an option.

About Sylvain Neuvel

Sylvain Neuvel dropped out of high school at age 15. Along the way, he has been a journalist, worked in soil decontamination, sold ice cream in California, and peddled furniture across Canada. He received a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago. He taught linguistics in India, and worked as a software engineer in Montreal. He is also a certified translator, though he wishes he were an astronaut. He likes to tinker, dabbles in robotics and is somewhat obsessed with Halloween. He absolutely loves toys; his girlfriend would have him believe that he has too many, so he writes about aliens and giant robots as a blatant excuse to build action figures (for his son, of course).

February 2021?!

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of May 4th, 2020

May 4, 2020 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

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Week of May 4th, 2020

The Down Days: A Novel by Ilze Hugo
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Skybound Books

Lake of Darkness: A Novel by Scott Kenemore
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Talos

House of Shadows (House of Shadows #1) by Darcy Coates
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Poisoned Pen Press

Age of Empyre (The Legends of the First Empire #6) by Michael J. Sullivan
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Grim Oak Press

The 20th Victim (Women’s Murder Club #20) by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Published May 4th 2020 by Little, Brown and Company

Hard Cash Valley by Brian Panowich
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Minotaur Books

The Last Blue by Isla Morley
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Pegasus Books

Old Lovegood Girls by Gail Godwin
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Bloomsbury Publishing

A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth: Stories by Daniel Mason
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Little, Brown and Company

Exile Music by Jennifer Steil
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Viking

The Paris Hours by Alex George
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Flatiron Books

Close Up (Burning Cove #4) by Amanda Quick
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Berkley

Tiny Imperfections by Alli Frank & Asha Youmans
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

All Adults Here by Emma Straub
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Riverhead Books

Summer Longing by Jamie Brenner
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Little, Brown and Company

The Resolutions by Brady Hammes
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Ballantine Books

Untold Night and Day by Bae Suah
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by The Overlook Press

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Audiobook Sync 2020: Week 1 Titles | Monday’s Not Coming + The 57 Bus (April 30 – May 6)

April 30, 2020 Bonnie Sync 1 Comment


Sync is back!! In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Returning April 30th and continuing 13 weeks until July 29, SYNC gives participants two thematically paired audiobooks a week. Sign-up to get notifications each week when the FREE audiobooks are available. You can receive alerts by text message, email newsletter, or by visiting www.audiobooksync.com. Titles change every Thursday at 12am Eastern Time when the program is running. Each SYNC audiobook will be available to borrow into your SYNC library for a period of 7 days (only). Titles, once loaded into the app, are yours indefinitely.

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater | Read by Robin Miles
Published by Recorded Books | Download available here!

This riveting nonfiction book for teens about race, class, gender, crime, and punishment tells the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, California. One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both of their lives forever. If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson | Read by Imani Parks
Published by HarperAudio | Download available here!

From the critically acclaimed author of Allegedly, Tiffany D. Jackson, comes a gripping new novel perfect for fans of E. Lockhart and Gillian Flynn about the mystery of one teenage girl’s disappearance and the traumatic effects of the truth.

Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried.

When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.

As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?”

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of April 27th, 2020

April 27, 2020 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

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Week of April 27th, 2020

Starbreaker (Endeavor #2) by Amanda Bouchet
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Ghost Money (Eric Carter #5) by Stephen Blackmoore
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Daw Books

The Split by Sharon J. Bolton
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Minotaur Books

Take Me Apart by Sara Sligar
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by MCD

The End of October by Lawrence Wright
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Boatman and Other Stories by Billy O’Callaghan
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Harper Perennial

Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by William Morrow

The Sweeney Sisters: A Novel by Lian Dolan
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by William Morrow

Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Lake Union Publishing

The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Knopf

Sea Wife by Amity Gaige
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Knopf Publishing Group

Island Affair (Keys to Love #1) by Priscilla Oliveras
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corp.

A Perfect Cornish Summer (Porthmellow Harbour #1) by Phillipa Ashley
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Avon

The Rakess (Society of Sirens #1) by Scarlett Peckham
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Avon

Heiress for Hire (Duke’s Heiress #1) by Madeline Hunter
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Zebra

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Waiting on Wednesday | The Ghost Tree by Christina Henry

April 22, 2020 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 3 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday | The Ghost Tree by Christina HenryThe Ghost Tree by Christina Henry
Published by Berkley Books on October 6, 2020
Pages: 432
Genres: Horror, Fairy-Tales/Retellings
Format: Paperback
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Also by this author: Alice, Red Queen, Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook

When people go missing in the sleepy town of Smith's Hollow, the only clue to their fate comes when a teenager starts having terrifying visions, in a chilling horror novel from national bestselling author Christina Henry.

When the bodies of two girls are found torn apart in the town of Smiths Hollow, Lauren is surprised, but she also expects that the police won't find the killer. After all, the year before her father's body was found with his heart missing, and since then everyone has moved on. Even her best friend, Miranda, has become more interested in boys than in spending time at the old ghost tree, the way they used to when they were kids.

So when Lauren has a vision of a monster dragging the remains of the girls through the woods, she knows she can't just do nothing. Not like the rest of her town. But as she draws closer to answers, she realizes that the foundation of her seemingly normal town might be rotten at the center. And that if nobody else stands for the missing, she will.

About Christina Henry

CHRISTINA HENRY is the author of the CHRONICLES OF ALICE duology, ALICE and RED QUEEN, a dark and twisted take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as well as LOST BOY: THE TRUE STORY OF CAPTAIN HOOK, an origin story of Captain Hook from Peter Pan.

She is also the author of the national bestselling BLACK WINGS series (BLACK WINGS, BLACK NIGHT, BLACK HOWL, BLACK LAMENT, BLACK CITY, BLACK HEART and BLACK SPRING) featuring Agent of Death Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving gargoyle Beezle.

ALICE was chosen as one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Year in Science Fiction and Fantasy for 2015. It was also a Goodreads Choice Award nominee in Horror and one of Barnes & Noble’s Bestselling Science Fiction and Fantasy novels of 2015.

She enjoys running long distances, reading anything she can get her hands on and watching movies with samurai, zombies and/or subtitles in her spare time. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Literary Metal Band Names

April 21, 2020 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 4 Comments

The day has finally come where I’ve found a way to combine my love of books and metal. 😂

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I found a surprising amount of book titles that would fully suffice as a proper hardcore band name, but these are the ten I settled on:

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of April 20th, 2020

April 20, 2020 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

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Week of April 20th, 2020

Shorefall (Founders #2) by Robert Jackson Bennett
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Del Rey Books

Master Class by Christina Dalcher
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Berkley

Repo Virtual by Corey J. White
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Tor.com

Race the Sands: A Novel by Sarah Beth Durst
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Harper Voyager

The Cerulean Queen (The Nine Realms #4) by Sarah Kozloff
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Tor Books

Sea Change by Nancy Kress
Expected publication: April 24th 2020 by Tachyon Publications

Creatures of Charm and Hunger (The Diabolist’s Library #1) by Molly Tanzer
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books

The Ranger of Marzanna (The Goddess War #1) by Jon Skovron
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Orbit

The Girl and the Stars (Book of the Ice #1) by Mark Lawrence
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Ace

You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Tor Books

Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Minotaur Books

Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Penguin Press

Masked Prey (Lucas Davenport #30) by John Sandford
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Pretty Things by Janelle Brown
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Random House

Walk the Wire (Amos Decker #6) by David Baldacci
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Grand Central Publishing

The Florios of Sicily by Stefania Auci
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by HarperVia

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Viking

A Thousand Moons (Days Without End #2) by Sebastian Barry
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Viking

The Moment of Tenderness by Madeleine L’Engle
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Grand Central Publishing

The House of Deep Water by Jeni McFarland
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

How to Pronounce Knife: Stories by Souvankham Thammavongsa
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Little, Brown and Company

Misconduct of the Heart by Cordelia Strube
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by ECW Press

Kept Animals by Kate Milliken
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Scribner

Girl Gone Viral (Modern Love #2) by Alisha Rai
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Avon

First Comes Scandal (Rokesbys #4) by Julia Quinn
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Avon

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Waiting on Wednesday | The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories by Kevin Brockmeier

April 15, 2020 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 1 Comment

Waiting on Wednesday | The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories by Kevin BrockmeierThe Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories by Kevin Brockmeier
Published by Pantheon Books on October 6, 2020
Pages: 288
Genres: Horror, Short Stories
Format: Hardcover
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The author of the acclaimed novelThe Brief History of the Deadnow gives us one hundred funny, poignant, scary, and thought-provoking ghost stories that explore all aspects of the afterlife.

A spirit who appears in a law firm reliving the exact moment she lost her chance at love, a man haunted by the trees cut down to build his house, nefarious specters that snatch anyone who steps into the shadows in which they live, and parakeets that serve as mouthpieces for the dead--these are just a few of the characters Kevin Brockmeier presents in this extraordinary compendium of spectral emanations and their wildly various purposes in (after) life. These tales are by turns playful, chilling, and philosophical, paying homage to the genre while audaciously subverting expectations. The ghosts in these pages are certain to haunt you well after you've closed the book.

About Kevin Brockmeier

Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Brockmeier received his MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop in 1997. His stories have been featured in The New Yorker, McSweeny's, Crazyhorse, and The Georgia Review. He is the recipient of an O. Henry Award, the Nelson Algren Award, and a National Endowment of the Arts grant.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Books Without Mention

April 14, 2020 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 3 Comments

It’s safe to say, this has been a rough year. Understatement of the century, amirite? I’ve found myself struggling to focus on reading and continued the struggle from this past year to find my voice again on this blog. But despite my lack of posting, I’ve still discovered an odd assortment of stories that are definitely worthy of praise.

The King of Crows (The Diviners #4) by Libba Bray
I’ve been a huge fan of this series for years and while this final installment seemed far longer than necessary at times, it provided some solid closure. Do yourself a favor and pick up the audiobook: January LaVoy is spectacular.

True Grit by Charles Portis
This was one of the first books I picked up in 2020 and damn, it was a winner. I was upset to hear of his passing in February but I’m grateful to have a few more from his backlist to still enjoy.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays by Joan Didion
I was always a bit intimidated by Didion’s renowned memoir The Year of Magical Thinking so I opted to delve into some of her essays first just to get a feel for her writing style. Suffice it to say,

Evil Has A Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation by Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, Peter McDonnell
It has to be said, this isn’t exactly a novel, more like an extremely long podcast episode. Honestly, though I don’t even care. This story was intense, thrilling, and thoroughly compelling. Much like anyone even mildly into true crime, I followed the case of the Golden State Killer closely after he was finally captured after 40 years but this “Untold Story” really shed some light on how his capture came to fruition.

Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan
I took the title of this graphic novel series a bit too literal and went into it with certain expectations and basically had my mind blown by the end of the first installment. Let’s just say, it’s far more science fiction and far less a group of girls riding around delivering newspapers.

This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life by David Foster Wallace
I may have stalled out permanently in Infinite Jest, but this accessible reprint of a speech Wallace did in 2005 at Kenyon College is something that has the power to touch people in a multitude of ways.

It’s Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny Purmort
I’m not sure what actually possessed me to pick this up but I was intrigued by the author’s ability to turn a tragedy into something transformative and uplifting. It was a powerful and admirable tale. Nora narrates her own audiobook and did an amazing job. I’m not sure if I would’ve found her story in print nearly as compelling.

The Girl in Red by Christina Henry
Christina Henry is certainly the Queen of FairyTale retellings and in The Girl in Red she transforms the tale of Little Red Riding Hood into an apocalyptic story that is as gruesome as it is entertaining.

Plan B: A Novel by Jonathan Tropper
I’ve been an avid Tropper fan since I picked up This Is Where I Leave You at random, not expecting to love it nearly as much as I did. Plan B isn’t Tropper’s greatest, it is his debut, however, it was the last remaining book I had left from his backlist so it’s still special to me and still definitely worth reading if you enjoy his type of storytelling.

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
I always say that romance stories aren’t my standard fare (give me a psychological thriller or gothic horror any day) but every once in a while you need to mix things up in your reading life and honestly, sometimes I just need a little fluff in my life. This one was a winner.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of April 13th, 2020

April 13, 2020 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

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Week of April 13th, 2020

The Book of Koli (Rampart Trilogy #1) by M.R. Carey
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Orbit

Bubblegum by Adam Levin
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Doubleday Books

The Last Emperox (The Interdependency #3) by John Scalzi
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Tor Books

Providence by Max Barry
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Unsuitable by Molly Pohlig
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Henry Holt and Co.

The Coyotes of Carthage by Steven Wright
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Ecco

No Going Back (Nora Watts #3) by Sheena Kamal
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by William Morrow

Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by William Morrow

Death of an American Beauty (Jane Prescott #3) by Mariah Fredericks
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Minotaur Books

Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Graydon House

St. Ivo: A Novel by Joanna Hershon
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Perfect Tunes by Emily Gould
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster

The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Berkley

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Forever

Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. Christopher
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Berkley

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